Guess which online information about you affects peoples’ opinion of you?
Every last photo that pops up (sure, on your Facebook page, but also your Twitter feed and even the picture of you on Skype). Each snippet is a little piece of you.
If that feels like too much, why not put up a homepage (like Frank’s or James’)? You could spend one day (one day!) doing this and making it better than 99% of what’s out there. If a properly hosted page seems like too much, how about an About.me profile. And yes, you should be on LinkedIn too.
And since you have at least one friend who has a nice camera and likes to take pictures, ask her to take headshots of you on a simple white background and buy her dinner to thank her. Heck, invite some friends over. Best $50 you’ve ever spent (OK maybe more if drinks are involved).
You don’t have forever to stand out from the crowd, but right now it’s still pretty easy to distinguish yourself online. What are you waiting for?